Hype Machine - Season 4 Edition

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  1. Wyrmreaver

    Wyrmreaver Ready for Madden 15 on Xbox One, lets get it on!

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    Why is this year going to be your year?

    Which of your players is going to have a breakout year and bring home awards hardware?

    How is your team better and how are they worse?
     
  2. Wyrmreaver

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    Last season Mizzou went 10-3 with a bowl win and a top ten finish. The 3 losses came against Arkansas, Florida State and Auburn (all sims). James Franklin has moved on to the pros after 4 seasons as the teams starter and having successfully ushered this team into the ultra competitive SEC west without becoming irrelevant. The biggest question for Tigers fans is, what now? Who takes over for Franklin? Is there a player this team can lean on in big games and big moments?

    OFFENSE: The playbook is the same, but the execution could change. There is a QB contraversy brewing in Columbus and whoever comes out on top will help to determine how this unit will look. Outside of that, the offense returns a number of starters, including All american WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

    Quarterbacks
    • Corbin Berkstresser, 90 OVR Pocket Passer: A fifth year senior, this kid has an excellent arm. He has a little bit of athletecism, but not nearly enough to run the spread the same way Franklin did over the last couple years.
    • Maty Mauk, 86 OVR Scrambler: This junior holds nearly every HS record that a quarterback can for the state of Ohio. Athletically, Mauk reminds a lot of people of Franklin plus he is a solid passer to boot. Mauk is the fan favorite to start and early indications from coach Hennessy are that he will get the job.
    Halfback
    • Eric Silva, 87 OVR Balanced Back: Silva ran for over 1000 yards last season and should exceed that this season with a new QB at the helm. Silva is a bruiser at 231 pounds who can also outrun you with his speed or make you miss with his elusiveness
    Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
    • Dorial Green Beckham, 93 OVR Balanced WR: DGB had over 1500 yards receiving last season and 17 TDs. Whoever the QB ends up being they will be awful fortunate to have this future NFL star on the outside making plays.
    • Kenan Fenner, 82 OVR Balanced WR: This kid is a freak at 6'7" tall, nice speed, and good ball skills. Fenner had a nice year as the #3 WR last year and should be effective opposite DGB.
    • Sean Shelby, 79 OVR Posession WR: This young man will never play on sundays due to his lack of speed. However, Sean runs good routes, is tough to jam, and can move the chains as a 3rd or 4th option.
    • 3 others at 77, 77, 76 OVR: It's not clear who else will step up yet, but one of these kids could end up as the #3 WR on the team depending on how fall practices shake out.
    • 3 TEs at 74, 74, 73 OVR: This group is all mingled together going into camp. Garth Franklin played well at times last year, but coaches like the other kids as well. It may be the case where all three rotate in and out all game long.
    Offensive Line
    • This unit seems to be a slight upgrade over last season and there is plenty of youth to make the future look bright. On the other hand, there are no NFL caliber lineman on the field and they will be facing NFL caliber front sevens week in, week out in conference play, so expect plenty of max protect playcalls again this season.


    DEFENSE:As a whole, the Tiger's D appears to be improved, though the team lost their best player at FS and both OLBs from a year ago as well as a starter from a CB corps that was average at best.

    Defensive Line
    • Rickey Hatley, 80 OVR Balanced DE: This will be his first year as a starter, but after offseason workouts he looks to be a slight upgrade. As long as he can hold his own, the team is confident they can get pressure with back 8 when necessary.
    • Alex Thompson, 80 OVR Balanced DE: Having recorded 6 sacks last season as the starter, Thompson is expected to be the anchor of this unit. While he is somewhat limited physically, he has a nice motor and knows what the coaches expect.
    • Roger Browning, 76 OVR Run Stopper DT: This true Freshman is a load in the middle. He is an immediate upgrade at the position over last season and his presence has coaches hoping that they can hold the middle better against the run, a traditional weakness of the 3-3-5.
    Linebackers
    • Donavin Newsome, 85 OVR Balanced MLB: Newsome is back to lead this unit one last time. He is a solid pressence in the middle and cas great speed to get after the quarterback on blitzes, having recorded 13 sacks last season.
    • Vince Harris, 84 OVR Balanced MLB: Harris has enough talent that he may see some time on the outside this season in addition to spelling Newsome and being on the field in some nickel packages (2-4-5)
    • Kentrell Brothers, 77 OVR Coverage OLB: A 5th year senior, Brothers has patiently waited his turn. Brothers fits the mold of Mizzou LBs from the past couple years, he is very fast with good pass rushing ability and solid cover skills.
    Cornerbacks
    • Ernest Payton, 78 OVR Balanced: Payton was a major contributer last season and is now the #1 CB on the team. He is not an elite talent but has excellent speed and solid cover skills
    • Eugene Hicks, 77 OVR Coverage: Hicks played both ways in JUCO last season and some people wanted to give him a shot at QB for MIzzou. The coaches thought though, that he was a good fit at a need position and he'll start for the team right away.
    • Eric Johnson, 75 OVR Coverage: This true freshman was nearly an A&M Aggie. Here at Mizzou, he'll be asked to play in the nickel right away and should be a ful time starter as a sophomore.
    Safeties
    • Jimmy Smith, 88 OVR Coverage FS: Good enough in coverage that he spent his first 2 seasons at corner, Smith moves back to his natural position and should have a nice year patrolling the deep middle.
    • Bo Thomas, 76 OVR Balanced SS: Thomas runs like a corner and tackles like a linebacker. He is a little light on technique in coverage but is a great fit in the 3-3-5.
    • Larry Scott, 77 OVR Hard Hitting SS: Scott isnt as fast as most safeties but he has a good feel for zone coverage and is a terrific tackler. In the 3-3-5 he is like a 4th linebacker who is good in coverage.
     
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    Outlook
    Off the heals of a 10 win season, the Miami Hurricanes enter 2014-15 with high expectations and aspirations of a SEC East division title. While a number of starters are gone from the 10-3 team, Coach Boom has slowly but surely added quality depth that should be ready to step in.

    The schedule for the Hurricanes is front loaded, with games against league heavyweights Georgia and Arkansas in back-to-back weeks. Expect to know where the Hurricanes stand in the Conference Championship race after week six.

    Offense
    Despite the loss of its quarterback and top two receivers, the Miami offense should continue to be explosive. The speed at the skills positions will be hard to match for opposing offenses and the offensive line, though young, is solid and capable.

    QB Leading the offense will be rSO QB Christian Smith who is ready to take the reigns and boasts great power and accuracy (92/90) as well as above-average athleticism. Backing up Smith is rJR Preston Dewey who is just as accurate, but not as athletic. ​

    HB Luckily for Smith, Miami returns a duo of explosive halfbacks in Randy Johnson and Dallas Crawford. Both Johnson and Crawford are fast and shifty (96/99, 91/95) and can catch out of the backfield. It will not be out of the question to see both backs on the field at the same time. ​

    WR Leading the way will be All-American SO Lamar Christensen. Christensen is a match-up problem for any DB in the nation with his combination of height and speed (6'4", 99/95). Complementing Christensen will be a quartet of speedy receivers in Malcolm Lewis, Angelo Jean Louis, Eddie Walker and Garrett Kidd (95/99, 94/93, 94/95, 97/96) who should be able to find themselves in one-on-one coverage should teams attempt to double Christensen. ​

    OL There are no Senior offensive linemen on the Miami rosters. However, this is not to say that the Canes lack experience on the line. Anchoring the line are returning starters RT Raymond McKinney, RG Nick Thomas and LG Daniel Isidora. Filling out the line are rSO Scott Hollis at Center and rJR Ereck Flowers at Left Tackle. Miami's line is equally adept at opening holes for its running backs, but they will be relied upon even more to provide a pocket for the quarterback. ​

    Defense
    The defense looks rebound after a year in which it ranked in the bottom half of points allowed in the SEC. Complicating matters are the departure of stalwarts MLB Denzel Perryman and DE Anthony Chickillo. on the bright side, the defense returns six starters from what was otherwise a young unit.

    DL The fate of the Miami defense will be tied to its defensive line. The unit will need to generate more pressure on the quarterback if the back seven is to hold up. Charged with the task will be defensive ends rSR Ricardo Williams and rJR Dwayne Hoilett. Look for true FR Michael Sledge to be in the rotation as the depth at the position is very thin. On the inside however, the Canes are full of depth. Starting will be a pair of rSO Luke Maxwell and Cornelius Brown who are both strong and move the pile. Maxwell possesses great moves (91/93) and will be tasked with creating havoc in the backfield. ​

    LB The linebacker corps for the Canes is thin, but experienced and fast. rSR Eddie Johnson and rJR Jawand Blue are sideline to sideline linebackers (87/99, 88/90) and are good in coverage and against the run. Roaming the middle will be rJR Raphael Kirby who will be tasked with replacing Perryman. Kirby brings great athleticism to the position (87/92), and good pursuit. ​

    CB The Canes have recruited heavily at CB ever since Coach Boom took over, however, the play of the CBs has left a lot to be desired. Though the Canes return three of their top four corners from a year ago, there is still concern that the secondary will not hold up against pass-happy teams. Sophomores Eric Pettit and Barry Sisk will get the nod to start the year, though SR Nate Dortch will see just as much time on the field as the other two. ​

    S The safety positions were a big reason for Miami's defensive downfall last year as a pair of rFR made their debuts for the Canes. This year rSO Kurt Covington (FS) and Charles Smith (SS) look to improve their play recognition and prevent big plays. ​

    Prediction
    A second consecutive 10-win season is not out of the question for the Canes. However, whether this will become reality will in large part be answered by how they fair against Georgia or Florida who the Canes have yet to defeat under Coach Boom's watch. In the end, look for the Canes to have a successful 8-4 season, as they will be close, but fail to finish in a few games.
     
  4. Jayrah

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    Aggies Look for Championship Behind Strength of Defense, Their 4th Year Qb and All American Rb

    It's pretty simple really. If the Aggies continue their trend of getting better under Sumlin, the BCS is in the cards for TAMU in 2015. Arkansas is the only team in the West that the Aggies have never beaten, but with the Hogs coming to College Station this year, TAMU feels this is their year. It won't be easy running through the always treacherous SEC schedule, but let's just say the confidence is higher than ever.

    The coaching staff believes the defense is stronger and faster per capita than ever, though maybe a little down at corner. Of course the record tying duo of Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven (20 interceptions apiece during their careers) graduated after last season. An ultra fast LB corps and 3 very instinctive and fast safeties who make plays all over the field. The Aggies seem to have adjusted to the 3-4 defense and finally shut some top teams down with regularity last season (see LSU, Alabama, Auburn). The D-line doesn't really have that dominant player, but they are really big and plug holes. The key will be forcing even more punts this season in 3rd down situations, as they let the opponents off the hook far too often in 2014.

    On the offensive side of the ball teams are getting sick of hearing about the school's all time passing leader Manziel, the superstar and Heisman candidate at rb Williams and the 6'5 Wr Evans. But get ready to hear a whole lot more of those 3 names this season, as they all returned to claim their shot at an SEC Championship. Manziel comes in at nearly 9,000 career passing yards and 58 tds (although he has thrown 60 interceptions). Williams ran for over 1,000 yards last season. Evans has 25 career receiving tds. The offensive line lost only their center last year and looks very strong.
     
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